Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Roer River Battles, Germany’s Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45

Published: October 12th, 2010     
The Roer River Battles, Germany’s Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45
Author: David R Higgins
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Casemate Publishing

This book describes the battles of the US First and Ninth Armies between the breakout of Normandy and the final crossing of the Roer River ending in late February of 1945. These two armies were located south of the British Army in the general area where Holland, Belgium and Germany meet.

The book is divided into 15 chapters with an introduction, 1 appendix, a Bibliography and Index:

Max Modeller, Volumes 6 and 7

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Max Modeller, Volumes 6 and 7
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Max Modeller

I have been a fan of both AFV Modeller and Air Modeller for a while due to their excellent articles, top notch photos and in-depth subject matter, so when two sample copies of Max Modeller (Volumes 6 and 7) arrived, I was eager to see what the magazine was all about.

First, the basics: each magazine is 68 pages, printed completely in color, on nice stock. The photos are perfect- -clear and detailed, and close up when needed. There are scattered ads for many UK and other vendors in the magazine. There is a review section of 5 pages or so and they rate the reviewed kits. The remainder of the magazine has five articles and this is where the magazine gets its name.

Professional Photo Etch Scissors

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Professional Photo Etch Scissors
Reviewed by: Bart Cusumano, IPMS# 31882
Company: Xuron Corporation

Let me start out by saying that I am a photo etch (PE) addict.  Yes, that's right - if there's a model I'm preparing to build and there's any type of PE available for it, I will buy it and I will use it.  I just can't seem to help it.  OK, I feel better getting that off of my chest.  I just love PE detail parts and what they do  for the scale appearance of my models.  However, I have always struggled with removal of the parts from the frets, not only in  making a clean cut, but in not damaging or bending the PE part being removed.  I've tried about every PE part removal technique known to model-building man (or woman) and have never been totally happy with any of them.  So when given the opportunity to review this new PE scissor from Xuron, I jumped at the chance.

Model Art Plamo Manual, #801

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Model Art Plamo Manual, #801
Author: Model Art Models
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Model Art

PLAMO MANUAL, No. 801 is the latest in a series of modeling manuals from ModelArt.  Previous manuals have addressed, among other topics, planes, cars, ships and airbrushing.  The subject of this review is a manual on modeling armor.

The manual comes in a convenient size, 7-1/4" X 10".  It consists of 112 picture- packed pages and is bound in a high gloss paper backing.  The pages are also of high gloss paper.  The photographs are excellent quality, bright, crisp, and each is very focused on its topic.  Thepictures in the articles speak for themselves.

The down side of this publication for me is that 99.5% of it is in Japanese.  However, because the manual is so well organized, and the material is presented in such a logical manner it is easy to follow. 

The first article in the book is the detailed construction of Tamyia's 1/35 Type 74 Tank - Winter Version.  The photographs show not only the construction, but also the detailing, painting and finishing.  Following the build are several pages of actual Type 74 photographs depicting the details that really made the model pop.

Berlin 1945 (L'agonie du Reich)

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Berlin 1945 (L'agonie du Reich)
Author: Georges Bernage
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Editions Heimdal

The key to the end of World War II in Europe was the capture of Berlin, the heart of the Third Reich. The American, British and French forces were west of Berlin, but due to American influence had no designs on seizing the city. However, the Red Army was obsessed with capturing Berlin and pushed toward the city with all the speed it could muster The subject of this book is Berlin in 1945 before, during, and after its fall.

Berlin 1945 L'agonie du Reich is the sequel to one Georges Bernage wrote in 2005 entitled Berlin 1945. His new book is a hardback, is 8-1/2 "X 12", and contains 180 pages. The backing has a smooth slick finish and the pages are heavy with a satin finish.The book contains hundreds of black and white photographs with a sprinkling of color photographs - many rare. The author has included several maps showing troop movements to and around Berlin, some down to the neighborhood level. The book is divided into seven chapters, but there is no table of contents, bibliography, or index.

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